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Li’l Gardeners

ATTRACTING TURTLES TO YOUR YARD

Want to attract box turtles to your yard?! Box turtles should never be taken away from the wild or their natural habit, moving them as much as a half a mile, they may no survive. Box turtles can live up to as much as forty years. But here are some tips to attracting them to your yard. Box turtles will eat a lot of things like sow bugs, insects, millipedes, centipedes, caterpillars, slow-moving beetles, slugs and snails. They will also eat many kinds of roots and berries, flowers, fruits, and vegetables.

 

Natural flowers turtles eat:
Geraniums, (Pelargonium species), nasturtium, hibiscus, carnations, daylilies, petunia, dandelion, roses, rose hips, pansies, and chives.

 

Greens that attract turtles:
Aquatic plants, (duckweed, water lettuce, parrot feather, etc.), watercress, collards, chickweed, plantain weed, carrot tops, grape leaves, red clover, endive, fig leaves, and thistle. 

 

PLANTING TIPS

Great tips for keeping your plants happy!

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Follow a few simple steps, and your container gardens will be off to a solid start, ready to fill your growing season with non-stop, good looks. For containers at Greenstreet Gardens, we use Gardener’s Gold Organic Potting Soil. This organic mix combines 85 percent peat moss with seafood compost, composted barnyard manure, and perlite. Peat moss and perlite provide aeration or air pockets. Peat moss also holds water and nutrients, slowly releasing them to plant roots. Seafood compost and composted barnyard manure also provide nutrients.

 

The Roots
When planting, remove plants from pots and loosen roots around the root ball. This is especially important when plants are rootbound (roots have begun to circle the bottom of the pot).

 

Planting Depth
When you tuck plants into soil, set them at the same depth they were in their original container. Planting too deeply can cause stems to rot.

 

Click on the image below for a fun coloring page!

 

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